Hamlet's Fatal Flaw Essay

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Shakespeare’s Hamlet is an interesting play in many ways. The character Hamlet is particularly intriguing in regards to his fatal flaw. Hamlet’s fatal flaw is a specific trait that forces him to postpone killing the king and it is this trait that drives Hamlet mad (Shakespeare 1.4.23-38). This Shakespearean tragedy is open to many interpretations of Hamlet’s fatal flaw. Two recent film productions of the play, Kenneth Branaugh’s Hamlet and the Zeffirelli’s Hamlet, each show a different fatal flaw in Hamlet. Branaugh shows his fatal flaw to be that Hamlet over thinks everything. Zeffirelli accentuates the Oepipus Complex in Hamlet meaning that Hamlet is jealous over his mother. Branaugh and Zeffirelli both use different methods to…show more content…
Claudius is only acting out what Hamlet secretly wants to do, take his father’s place as his mother’s lover. This would explain why Hamlet puts off the revenge instead of carrying it out immediately after seeing his father’s ghost. It would also provide a reason for Hamlet’s later insanity.
Branaugh interpreted Hamlet as a man placed in difficult circumstances, trying to outwit perpetual scheming and sort out what his plan of action should be. He believed that Hamlet’s fatal flaw was his over thinking. The message of his father’s ghost “to avenge his most foul and unnatural murder” (Shakespeare 1.5.25) presses Hamlet’s intellect to its limits. Hamlet wants to do the right thing. The suspense is in trying to decide right from wrong. Hamlet despite wishing to avoid the “morally repulsive action” (Aichinger, par 4) of revenge, he feels the duty to avenge his father’s death. As Foster says, “Hamlet has, after all, been a student of theology at Wittenberg, and his knowledge complicates the situation (Foster, par. 14). Hamlet’s environment is one filled with secrecy and subterfuge and Branaugh uses imagery to convey this sense. The imagery he uses includes black and white tiled floors that create the illusion of a chess board. Chess is a game of strategy and cunning that reflects the deceit and strategy that are so prevalent around Hamlet. There are many two way mirrors and hidden passages, and some doors are even disguised as bookshelves. In the film we see the King
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